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Sunday, April 08, 2018

Acts 1 ~ you will receive the power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you



Acts 1


1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."


6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem
 and in all Judea
 and Samaria, 
and to the end of the earth."

 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."



12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. 

15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry." 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 "For it is written in the Book of Psalms, "'May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it';and "'Let another take his office.' 

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us--one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection." 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place." 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.



The Forgiveness of God is great. His Plan will be done. His Mercy is enduring.


Jesus is about to depart leaving His Disciples. And He continues His Steadfast Love by saying again, "Father forgive them they do not know what they do."

Jesus is forgiving His Disciples and gives them the Holy Spirit.

He is not leaving in annoyance. Jesus is leaving forgiveness and the Holy Spirit. He doesn't want Israel to feel left behind. Mentioned are Jerusalem - where Jesus longed to gather the children together like a Mother hen and comfort them. Forgiving them their unwillingness.

Jesus mentions Judea - not Israel - Judea for the disobedience of Israel for generations.

Jesus mentions Samaria where Jesus first proclaimed Himself the Christ of God, the Messiah.

Jesus is making Himself clear. He is presenting them with the Holy Spirit. The Comforter of God allowing us all to do what God would ask of us. We can do all things with Jesus Christ. Jesus is blessing the men who have trusted the Lord God with heart, mind and body.


Abba, Father,

Guide and lead us in healing from muscle weaknesses for Edward and my bad back sounding like Potato Chips being crunched. Lead us all ability to do Your Good Plan and Path.

Strengthen the People of God. The Ones we Love. The Blessing of God on the people You have given us. The Holy Spirit guiding and leading us to have the vital conversations. The Blessing of this Nation with Your Love and Protection. To have the mind of Christ. To please You. To love Your mercy to bring us closer to the Joy Jesus has.

We ask always for Your Help in Prayer. With the Holy Spirit, You do more than we can ask or imagine. Your Blessing we would always ask and hope with joy.  In Jesus. Amen.










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